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Too Many Snaps

A few Saturdays ago, Nancy and I visited a local farmer’s market. There wasn’t much produce to speak of, this late in the year, but I was delighted to find someone shelling black-eyed peas!

Not black-eyes, but you get the idea.

Instantly, I went back to my boyhood, sitting on a farmhouse porch with my grandmother. We both had a bucket of unshelled black-eyes and a bowl to put the final product in.

Grandmother instructed me to shell several pods and then break one into small pieces, or snaps—to mix in with the peas. “Just keep doing that until your bucket’s empty,” she said.

But I was a hyper nine-year-old and quickly became bored. So, I came up with an ingenious plan: shell one pod and turn one into snaps, and keep doing that until my bucket was empty.

My maternal forebearer quickly realized something was amiss. She looked into my bowl and said “You have too many snaps!”

This is what the farmer’s market black-eyes looked like. Guess what my grandmother would say?

Jesus Christ’s closest friends had a moment like this. While he was up on a mountain, with Peter, James and John, his other disciples were unable to drive a demonic spirit out of a young boy.

Long story short, Jesus sends the demon packing and restores the lad to health. Later, His disciples ask him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive the demon out?”

This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting.

Jesus—Mark 9:29 (NIV)

Here’s my paraphrase: “Gentlemen, you have too many snaps! You’re not taking the time with God you need.”

Kind reader, has a lack of spiritual discipline ever kept you from God’s best? I confess, it has for me.

Back on the porch—after my scolding—grandmother handed me her bowl of shelled peas. “It should look like this,” she said, matter of factly.

Alrighty now. Much better.

Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did

1 John 2:6 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

41 replies on “Too Many Snaps”

Our favorite flavors at the time where German chocolate cake and Strawberry cheesecake. I’m still playing WordPress catchup after spending a week at my childhood home with family. I haven’t gotten to Gary’s post yet, I might have to skip ahead a few days to read it. Give Cooper a few treats from me.

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Shelling peas for 💰. Now, this may have been a difference maker for me! It would have doubtless cured my boredom.

I can just see you and your brother on your bikes, racing each other to the dairy store for 🍦 ice cream!

I get the feeling the disciples (in the story) didn’t realize their lack of spiritual power until it was too late.

Our blogger friend Gary Fultz said on his site today, “How does a bridge fall down? Very slowly, and then all at once.”

The unexamined Christian life is a rickety bridge, indeed. But I’m starting to write another post—here and now.☺️

Thank you for sharing, Beth. Doggy hugs to Adi and Summer. 🐾🐾🐾🐾

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Wow David! You never cease to amaze me with your connections. I wish this one could be written into the study notes of my Bible for this passage because it explains a complex text so well. (On a side note we kids would receive 5 cents for every 1 cup of peas we hulled. Once 50 cents worth was hulled, my younger brother and I would get our “pay,” hop on our bikes, and ride the two miles along country roads to the nearest dairy farm market where we’d each buy a double dip ice cream cone.)

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Yes, I think black-eyes like hot temps and sandy soil. After the dust-bowl days of the 1930’s the federal government paid farmers (on the Great Plains) to grow them—to replenish nitrogen in the soil. This meant folks could pick them for free. It was still a hot, dirty job. But grandmother said canned black-eyes peas got you through the winter.

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Thank you so much, Tina, for your thoughtful and encouraging reply to my post. It warms MY heart when someone finds strength in God from something I wrote. I never know how what He puts on my heart will land with my readers; it’s truly an act of faith to hit publish. His best to you, and thanks again for sharing!


Your post made me smile. It’s a beautiful vision of spending time with family–the simple act of shelling peas together. Maybe a boring task for a 9 year old, but I can tell that is a beautiful memory that has stayed with you. I have very few memories of my grandpa as he passed away when I was really young, but I do have a memory of him teaching me to shell peas. We hold onto these memories because they mean something to us. They are treasures. If we saw God the very same way spending time with him wouldn’t be seen as a chore or a bore, instead it would become such a loving memory. Thanks for warming my heart with your post David and igniting a spark in my heart to appreciate quality time with the Lord. Well done! Be blessed. 🙂


Being empowered for ministry requires time with God, fellowship with God. In Luke 5 we see that Jesus spent time alone with the Father-But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. If Jesus needed time alone with the Father, how much more do we need to?

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“A beautiful bowl of heavenly beans.” I love it, brother! You’re spot on. God never hurries—He’s gonna be up all night anyway. 😊 His best you and the Kearns clan this Lord’s day. Thanks for checking in!

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How often we are in a big hurry when it comes to our time with God; if only we would be patient in His Word and in prayer, what a beautiful bowl of Heavenly beans we would have! Great post brother, God bless you and Nancy this Lord’s Day 🙏

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Thank you for always sharing such encouragement, Manette Kay. Frankly, I often feel too frazzled to spend the necessary time in Bible study, prayer, and Christian fellowship. Yet it’s the “want to” that keeps me going. God Bless you, sister!

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David, I see in the comments where you said, “Jesus and grandmother were good friends.” Your posts are a testament that Jesus and David are good friends. You hear Him speaking to you in everyday ordinary life. That only occurs by having an intimate relationship with Jesus. Thanks for letting us in on those special moments.

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I’m so glad to hear about your hearing aid success! Definitely a life changer for me, but yeah, not a total problem solver. As long as I keep them maintained every few weeks, though, they are awesome.

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Food for thought seems like the appropriate comment here 🙂 But in all seriousness, your post challenges me about how little focused time I give to just waiting on God, and listening for what HE wants me to hear. Thanks for the jolt!

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Nice post, David. A good reminder to be disciplined – which takes time and prayer. Your post also mentions fasting; that is something I don’t think much about. Your post also reminds me of my Grandma. She taught me many things, and her faith inspires me still. Enjoy your day!

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Oh yes, I’ve had too many snaps more times than I can count. Working on that even now, in fact. Thank you for this great post and reminder!!

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